Re: Helping With Intrusive Thoughts
Please keep in mind that these strategies are still compulsions. Having experienced moderate to severe OCD symptoms, I agree that snapping a rubber band may help alleviate the urge to ritualize about powerful obsessions or intrusive thoughts. But in the end, snapping a rubber band or thinking about other things while intrusive thoughts present themselves is still a compulsion, since it is an attempt to compensate for OCD symptoms. In my opinion, someone with OCD should do their very best not to obsess or ritualize, and seek self-treatment options or professional help.